Book Review Number 26

R.I.P.  G.O.P. – Stanley Greenberg

The author is an internationally known poling advisor as well as Democratic Party political strategist. As the title of his book suggests he predicts that the Republican Party will implode in the 2020 election. He has endless statistical data to backup his views. While it is hard to argue with his data he is certainly not an objective observer. And his wife is Connecticut Democratic Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.

The thrust of his argument is that the Republican Party has failed to recognize and/or to accept that America is changing rapidly; there is a “New America”. That New America is increasingly secular, racially diverse, sexually liberated, and immigration friendly. He says that the GOP has fought nontraditional family structures, attacked the social safety net, tried to stop women from being independent, and pitted rural Evangelicals against the younger more liberal and dynamic populations of cities.

Through focus groups of real people and his poling results he tries to show why the GOP is loosing the battle for the hearts and minds of the American public. He is confident that his research shows the 2018 election was not a fluke but represents a fundamental change in the electorate. He says that the GOP cannot hope to win or even survive if it continues to promote intransigent views of family, society, religion, sex, and white supremacy.


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